The Free Soul ski and snowboard school was born thanks to the union of highly qualified snow professionals from different countries, who share in addition to a great passion for the mountain, a modern and innovative methodology, developed studying the patterns of Spanish, Italian and Austrian skiing and snowboarding techniques. With experience as well as in high sports performance and competition, as in direction and organization of activities and events in the snow, with which you can learn and improve quickly and easily, thus making better use of your experiences in the snow.
Cycling and bike travelling is my life and passion. I travelled south and Eastern Europe, Morocco and wide parts of South America by bike. I guided tours in the Alpes, at Algarve and now in Lisbon. I never owned a car but always had a bike. I like to share this love for biking. It keeps you in sharp, helps you to know your place, is good for the environment. Sometimes is the fastest way and always the best way to reach where ever! I like to share this love for biking. I got a bike-garage you´re free to use, I do tours around Lisbon you’re welcome to join and I got a few bikes to borrow. I write stories, take pictures and collect impressions from my trips and travels. I´m not a racing champion but I ride thousands of kilometers every year. And I ́m not a mechanic but once I fixed a broken wheel with a screwdriver and two rocks. I ́m just a guy who spends all his time next to his bike. Whatever you’re looking for, I can’t promise to help you, but I would love to try.
Surf Academy was founded by João Macedo in 2000 at Praia Grande in Sintra, son of Portuguese Parents was born on June 1, 1977 in New Haven, Connecticut in the United States. He began surfing at Praia Grande with 7 years old. A professional surfer since 1993, he competed in national and European circuits, representing the Portuguese national team as a junior in 1994 and 1995. Always maintained his active academic life, in 2002, he completed level 2 of the course of the Portuguese Surfing Federation. His passion for the waves and the sea lead João to be the first European professional surfer to qualify for the Big Wave( World Surf League).Nowadays he is one of the few European surfers in the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) in the competition Big Wave World Tour.He continues his mission to represent Portugal in the big waves, while maintaining his passion for teaching and transmitting fundamental values of respect and harmony with Nature.
As a professional surfer she started the first female surf school in Portugal in 1998. Years ago she moved to Ericeira to be able to surf the best waves of Europe every day. She continues training girls for competition. As a natural sequence of a dedicated surfing career she always had a strong affection for big waves. As the first and only Portuguese surfer girl she decided to challenge tow-in surfing, and was nominated for the Billabong XXL Awards.
In a research path I learned different sort of movement practices and explored them as a way of discovering myself and connecting to my soul. When I found yoga in 2000, I understood better than ever, the inseparable connection between body, mind and soul. So, I realized I wanted to share this passion of mine and initiated my training with Kundalini Yoga TTC in 2006, going on to do a 200h TTC in Hatha Vinyasa Flow after that. I went deeper in my self-research, practices and trainings, widening my knowledge in diverse styles such as Yin, Acro, Aereal and SUP Yoga. My 10 Years teaching experience background inspires me to guide people into a regeneration, relaxation and connection journey, that opens space for a deeper and stronger self-discovering process. My belief in these practices inspires me to keep developing and finding myself by sharing with others.
João is a professional cameraman with a post-graduation on adventure turism and climbing enthusiast for the last 10 years. He has been involved with Ricardo Alves in the development of Sintra’s bouldering scene and lately has been using his knowledge to guide climbers through the Sintra’s hills.
Francisco, he is also one of our most experienced guides and his availability is a plus for the walks in which he participates
With a career in physical education, Laura is a passionate about all sports especially ocean sports and yoga. Citizen of the world who lived on three different continents. Born in Argentina resident in Portugal since 2008. IKO Kitboarder Instructor since 2003 with 19 years experience in kitesurfing & more than 8.000 hours of teaching in Cabo Verde, Brazil, Spain & Portugal, also SUP Paddleboard and swimming
She created in 2009 the most recognized kitesurf School in Lisbon and Cascais area also specialized in Events such Team buildings and DMC´s with activities at the beach.
In 2017 was born Guincho Wayra House, a cozy surf house immersed in the forest of the Sintra National Park and only few minutes from the most amazing and radical beach in Portugal, with wind and waves all over the year. Wayra House offers a combination of yoga, healing therapies, and outdoor activities. The philosophy and dynamics of the house are inspired by the Inca civilization where the four elements, Air, Water, Fire, and Earth, are fully present.
Proudly the both companies have Certificate of Excellence on TripAdvisor.